Forging computational superstars: the Fort McMurray success story

Something interesting is happening in Fort McMurray’s Westwood Community High School.

If you scan the news section on the school’s website, you’ll see references to:

  • A grade 12 student winning a medal at the 2018 Canada Wide Science Fair for his project using AI and RFID for medical smart technologies.
  • Students creating a group called YouthComputing to teach coding, programming, and robotics to elementary school students, with the vision to “become a widespread computer science and STEM education organization that reaches youth across Alberta”. (They also organised the first hackathon in the region.)
  • A grade 12 student winning a $100,000 scholarship to attend the University of Waterloo.
  • Another grade 12 student scoring 74 out of 75 at the Canadian Computing Competition (the second highest mark in Canada).
  • Students from the Green Initiative Club winning $20,000 from Samsung Canada’s “Solve for Tomorrow Challenge”, which they will use to host weekend STEM camps for kids in grades 4 to 9.

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